To recall another simple illustration that Sri Ramakrishna used to give: Suppose you have to purchase certain things from the market. While at home you prepare a list of the articles you want. After you have made the purchases, the list ceases to be of value; you may as well discard it. In a way the scriptures are like this list. Their purpose is to indicate the means to realize the Truth. Once you are on the path, however, it becomes a waste of time to inordinately cling to them. It is more important to plunge into spiritual practice.

Swami Shraddhananda, Seeing God Everywhere by Swami Shraddhananda, Pravrajika Vrajaprana, editor